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Aug 5, 2013 04:48 PM

what restaurant do you keep passing by for years upon years and yet have not mustered the gumption to finally try ????


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    1. re: Ciao Bob

      not missing anything...
      go to Langer's for delish pastrami

      1. re: fressergirl

        Johnnie's has a pretty extensive menu.

        Pastrami aside, I think their corned beef sandwich is worth a try if you've never been, their onion rings are good, their hot dogs/chili dogs are good, I've had the fried shrimp their more than once or twice (sometimes on the sandwich) ...

        Langer's does beat Johnnie's when it comes to pastrami (though they are totally different types of pastrami) -- but the pastrami is not the best thing on JP's menu.

        1. re: PaulF

          I'd say the purpose of these websites is to help make judgments on which restaurants to try and which to stay away from - lest you be disappointed.

          And I'd say Johnnie's is pretty disappointing.

          1. re: PaulF


            i may have to give it a try for the fried shrimp. and maybe their onion rings.

            do they have a fried fish filet sandwich too ????

            and if i'm not mistaken, this is in reference to the Johnnie's Pastrami in culver city rather than the possibly tangentially related one in the Crenshaw District on Jefferson, right ????

            1. re: kevin

              I liked the pastrami at the Jefferson one.

              1. re: kevin

                Culver City

                Yes, they have fried fish.

                And chili fries.

        2. Melisse. And I'm not lacking gumption. Unless gumption was money.

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          1. re: PeterCC

            I went to their Thanksgiving set-meal dinner once many moons ago, and it was $75 pp and absolutely delicious. Not sure if they still do that, but it might provide a (slightly) more affordable entry point for a meal there....

            1. re: PeterCC

              wait, but aren't you the one that keeps going to shunji for extravagant meals every week? :> (i love your pics. :>

              1. re: chowseeker1999

                chow, you have a point there !!!!! :)

                1. re: chowseeker1999

                  I wish "every week". My Shunji visits are usually within small chunks of time and then a big gap. So I did average once a month in the spring but nowhere close to weekly.

                  Looking at Melisse's menu, it seems impossible (save the occasional $75 specials) to get out of there for less than triple-digits per person, whereas that is very doable at Shunji... if you have the willpower.

                  (Thanks for the compliment on the pics. Here's some from my lunch sushi omakase at Kiriko today.)

                  1. re: PeterCC

                    how much was this at kiriko ?????

                      1. re: PeterCC

                        Wow. From your pictures, the $40 tariff seems like downright grand larceny.

                        I thought you mentioned only two of the pieces would be dope.

                        But here it looks like at the very least 7 out of 10 of the pieces, if not more look pretty fucking dope, each with it's own distinctive unique sauce.

                        Got's a mini-report at least to go with those pictures.

                        1. re: kevin

                          Just for you (and anyone else who--to keep with the topic of the thread--may have driven by Kiriko many times and not tried it)...

                          My Order: $40 lunch sushi omakase, salad, miso soup, 9 pieces of nigiri, blue crab hand roll. (I opted out of the blue crab hand roll for a 10th piece of nigiri.)

                          My Chef: Shinji-san

                          First 5 pieces, left to right, top row first: maguro akami (lean tuna--I don't recall if it was bluefin), tai (red snapper), house-smoked wild king salmon w/caviar, bintoro (albacore belly, marked "fresh" on the menu--meaning wild, I think), fresh ikura (house-cured, so technically sujiko).

                          Second 5 pieces, top to bottom, left side first: aori or yari ika (squid, Shinji said what kind but I didn't catch it), iwashi (sardine), karei (flounder), kamasu (barracuda), seared toro (fatty tuna).

                          Highlights: wild king salmon, bintoro, ikura/sujiko, aori/yari ika, iwashi, karei.

                          Conclusion: I think you're right, kevin, I lucked out a bit today. When the toro isn't listed among the highlights... I can't complain. :-)

                          P.S. I also got an 11th piece of nigiri, a separate order of the ikura/sujiko because it was so good. Nutty, slightly bitter, had an almost unagi aftertaste.

                          Bonus: I've included individual pics too.

                          1. re: PeterCC

                            that sounds like a great deal. thanx for sharing! :>

                    1. re: PeterCC

                      hi peter. ah ok. :> i just remembered living vicariously through your mouth-watering discussions about splurging for Truffle Gohan and crazy rare fish, etc. so i figured you were dropping real money at Shunji. :>

                      re: kiriko - wow was that $40 total (including tax and tip)? if so, that's a pretty nice-looking deal. i always felt it was pricey (when we went for dinner).

                      1. re: chowseeker1999

                        Pete, if I'm not mistaken, you didn't hit up the Truffle Gohan just yet, is that correct ?

                        1. re: chowseeker1999

                          Truffle gohan was J.L., who I believe is indisputably the 'hound who goes to Shunji most frequently.

                  2. Valentino (same reason as PeterCC).

                        1. re: PeterCC

                          It's a bit scary... Looks like the king wants to have his way with you.


                          1. re: J.L.

                            Oh, shit.

                            That creeped me out.

                          2. re: PeterCC

                            I haven't had Burger King in a few years, or maybe just a couple, or maybe a year and a half at least.

                            I only had a soft spot for their oblong fried chicken patty sandwiches (that shit was reconstituted to a hell and a hand basket for damn sure), a couple of those and a few Cokes was tasty yet completely disgusting.

                            And I felt like crap for the next 48 hours, same thing with the majority of McD's dishes.

                            It must be those fucked up chemicals they zap and nuke the "food" with.

                            1. re: kevin

                              i went back after a decade long hiatus, man it was terrible. The patty was so overburnt it made me crave griddle cooked hamburgers =X

                              1. re: kevin


                                << a couple of those and a few Cokes was tasty yet completely disgusting.>>

                                why does this phrase make me think of hugh grant's interlude with divine brown on hollywood blvd?

                                1. re: westsidegal

                                  I dont know. But please do explain.

                                  All I had was a couple of those oblong fried chicken sandwiches and a couple cokes (refills from the soda dispenser).

                                  Anyhow I'm all ears.

                                  WG, I wouldn't recommend BK for you. I would even want to begin to think about what your reaction would be to those sandwiches. :)

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    ...yet I cannot help but wonder: What if Sergio was cooking?

                                    1. re: J.L.

                                      Sergio ?

                                      Does BK now have a famous chef doling out the goods like TB ?????

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        Great marketing campaign: "Sergio is now cooking at BK!"

                                        1. re: J.L.

                                          Well. They have that other famous chick overseeing the Bell bowls. So it's only a matter of time. :)

                                    2. re: kevin

                                      just google "Hugh Grant" and "Divine Brown".
                                      sometimes a person, just wants something very dirty and nasty and disgusting even if they have easy access to something of quality . . . .

                                      1. re: westsidegal

                                        WG, now I got it.

                                        Elizabeth Turkey or is it Hurley was his gal at the time I believe right ????

                                        She was definitely a looker.

                                        One cute gal.

                                        Anyhow. To keep it chowish, now I realize your analogy makes sense.

                                          1. re: kevin

                                            the overwhelming odds are that you had actual GOOD food available to you at the time you were shoveling in the "completely disgusting food."

                                            we've all done it at one time or another. . . .

                              2. Any Clearman's. And I've been here over 13 years now - that's just pathetic! I think me and my old HS chum need to do one of our lunches there …

                                I was like that with Bahooka, until Pa-in-law asked us to take him and Maman there. Very glad we did that, especially as both he and Bahooka have gone.

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                                1. re: Will Owen

                                  Love Clearman's. Not the best steak but decent shrimp. Love the salads and cheese bread. Comfort food.

                                  1. re: Will Owen

                                    If you decide to visit, check out Steak 'n Stein in Pico Rivera. It is the oldest of the Clearman's locations and delightfully old school with good steaks and sides

                                    1. re: Ernie

                                      any relation to the know closed one on sepulveda in el segundo ????


                                      1. re: kevin

                                        I think that place is called "Stick & Stein" and not related

                                        1. re: Ernie

                                          Thanks for the clarification.

                                          though not that it really matters since it has since closed (or rather has been closed for the past few years).